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SOMETHING NEW Isaiah 43:18-19 18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. God wants to give you a new thing in 2011! Not the same thing, not an old thing, not a borrowed thing, but a new thing! The new thing that God wants to bring forth in your life cannot and will not spring forth until you become aware of the fact that He wants to do a new thing in your life. You cannot experience in your life beyond what you are aware of. Because what you are not aware of does not exist as far as you are concerned. People who look at life as being good have a positive expectation of that in their life. And they usually find what they expect. The Bible teaches this principle this way when Jesus said, "According to your faith be it unto you" (Matthew 9:29). But those who are basically pessimistic will find reasons always to justify their pessimism. They don't have a positive outlook on soulwinning because the city they are in is a worldly town and the people of that city are too wrapped up in the pursuit of secular wisdom and understanding. They don't have an optimistic view of their church because, they say, the church members are not revivalists, or the financial situation hinders revival, or a number of other reasons that excuse the absence of church growth. God says in Isaiah 43:19, "I want to tell you something. Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing." I have a desire to see a "new thing" happen in my ministry, my church, and myself in 2011! I believe that the desire to see something new is the constant urge of the creative surge that God has placed within us. It is God, the Infinite, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient Savior. It is the ever-expanding, ever- enlarging, seeking new, greater expressions with God in this life. God has made provision for us to go from victory to victory, and from glory to glory, and from faith to faith. The Apostle Paul wrote, "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18). One translator renders this verse to say, "Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of His face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him" (The Message). Paul wrote again "the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith" (Romans 1:17). We go from victory to victory, from glory to glory, from faith to faith, from one level to the next level, from one great experience to the next great experience, from one God-encounter to the next God- encounter. And the Bible says that when a new convert is saved, he goes from grace to more grace to greater grace. And that is what life is all about. I would not want to think that I was happier serving the Lord the first week I was saved than I am today. If you are, you definitely need a new thing to happen to you. Our life in God isn't something that gets old and gets boring. But if you're in a relationship with Christ it just gets new and better every day! Life is for growth. Life is for expansion. Life is for increase. When a baby is born, the very act of being born is the beginning of a lifetime of growth. You never stop growing. That baby grows bigger, it grows healthier, it grows stronger, it grows physically, it grows more intellectual, it grows more mature. When a plant or vegetation stops growing it usually starts dying. And even when you prune, pruning is the removing of the hindrances that are not expressing life. It is done so more life can be reproduced. You go up into a tree and prune it so that it can produce more life and more fruit. All of us, sometimes, have to be pruned so we can expand and grow. All of us have to have that in our life. We have to succeed in suppressing our resistance to have things in our life pruned from us. We must develop an acceptance to change. We must be susceptible to alteration, open to transfiguring. There is a tendency in us to want to cling to the old, to the dead things that are still hanging on. Something in us wants to cling to the things that have passed away. I reminds of the story found in the book of 1 Kings chp 3. The bible says that two women were brought before King Solomon to determine the identity of a baby’s mother. You see one of these women had killed her son in the night and instead burying the child, the bible says that while the other mother slept she took her living son and in turn layed her dead child in the sleeping woman bed. And the point I want to make is… The bible says this about what happened… 1 Kings 3:20-21 20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. 21 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead Notice… the bible says that she was trying to nurse a dead thing… You can’t keep nursing your mistakes… You can’t keep nursing your regrets, you can’t keep nursing your failures… If it’s dead…then you must get rid of it! "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9). The problem with humanity is we too often give in to the gravity of this old Earth. We are happy with things under the sun. We are happy with this old, carnal, sinful, dead life under the sun. This life is full of old things. This existence is full of the same old, humdrum, boring, taxing, tiring, weary things. But God said, "Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old." Forget about what has happened. Don't keep going over old history. That's yesterday's news. It's water under the bridge. It's already dead and buried. The calendar year for 2010 is now the past. This year my dad will have been dead for 10 years. Since my dad died, I can count on both my hands the times I have been out to the graveside and still have more fingers to count. Why? He's not there! So many people continually want to go out to the graveside of their past and dig up things that are already dead! It's time to bury the past. Paul put it this way, "This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13). "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (he is something new): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17). In Christ, you have a fresh start. In Christ, you are created new. In Christ, the old life is gone! In Christ, a new life blooms! Each day I serve the Lord it just gets sweeter. Each day I serve God, there's something new waiting for me. Each day I kneel in prayer, there's something new to be experienced. So the principle is very simple. We, by nature of our new birth, have a desire for something new. And the Bible talks a lot about new things. God said, "Behold, I will do a new thing." And when God says He's going to do a new thing, you can count on it. The wilderness generation experienced the new with God for 40 years in the wilderness. Their sandals did not wear out. Their clothing did not wear out. Food was supplied every day from Heaven. Moses' physical strength maintained, and God had to call him to his death on Mount Nebo. "And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated" (Deuteronomy 34:7). Walking with God is a "new" experience every day. "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:22-23). The Bible declares… We have "new" compassions from God every morning. We have been given a "new" garment to wear. We have been given a "new" Spirit inside of us. We are a "new" creature. We have been made to drink of the "new" wine of the Holy Ghost. We are made to speak with "new" tongues. God has put a "new" song in our heart. We have been given a "new" name in Heaven above. We are going to a "new" Heaven and a "new" Earth. We are going to have a "new" body. We are going to have a "new" life. We are going to the "new" Jerusalem where, in "He that sits on the throne says, Behold, I make all things new." (Revelation 21:5) With God there is always something "new"! The year 2011 is a fresh start. It is a place where God wants to do something new. It is a time that God desires to baptize your ministry afresh, renew your vision, and restore to you what has been lost. "And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves; for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you" (Joshua 3:5). You give God your all today. You go into prayer meetings you have never entered into before. You set aside fasts like you have never done before. Meditate on God in ways you never have before, and wonders are coming. Signs will follow. Miracles are coming. Demonstrations of the Spirit like you have never seen will be manifest in your life. I declare to you the Ark is moving, and the Spirit of the Lord is leading us to higher planes, and the voice of God is calling us to deeper depths. Throw all caution to the wind and commit yourselves to God like never before. Allow no hesitation, no resistance, no reservation. Launch out into this year with faith, courage and commitment. Notice what God said about the "new thing." "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth." It is important that we understand this. What you have been travailing for is going to happen. What you have been praying for is going to come to pass. What you have been seeking God for is going to take place. Now it shall spring forth. The "now" refers to that point of time which you stop remembering the former things. The "now" is when you cease to consider the old things. Forget the past and reach for the "new thing" God has prepared for you. Malachi 3:1 promises, "The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts." (Malachi 3:1) Suddenly He is going to come! Out of the blue everything you have been praying for is going to happen. Abruptly, it is going to take place. So do not bat an eye, do not get distracted for a moment. Do not take any time away from God. Do not be caught unaware. Because something new shall spring forth! It is going to burst out on the scene! Don't miss it!
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